Sania Mirza was born into a Muslim family, started playing tennis from an early age and started playing professionally from 2003. She went to Nasr School in Hyderabad which she considers as her home. She said in an interview that this school gave her ‘the freedom to pursue her dream’.
Sania won 10 singles and 13 double title as a junior player and she also won the 2003 Wimbledon Championship Girls Double Titles and many other titles. Sania is also known as India’s no. 1 female tennis player, both in single and double title. Sania won a bronze at the 2002 Asian Games and four bronze medals in the 2003 Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad.
Her achievements made her receive many awards including Arjuna Award in 2004, WTA New Comer of the Year in 2005, Padma Sri in 2006, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2015 and Padma Bhushan in 2016. Sania was named in the Times Magazine’s 2016 list of 100 most influential people in the world.
Love across border, in April 2010, she married Pakistani cricket player Shoaib Malik. Her wedding to a Pakistani person caused a lot of drama as they even received threats to cancel their wedding. Even till this day Sania gets a lot of questions every year about which country’s Independence Day she celebrates, to which she replied to this year that ‘mine and my country’s independence day is tomorrow and my husband and his country’s independence day is today’.
After eight years of their marriage on April this year, Sania and her husband shared the news of them having a baby in a creative way on an Instagram post. Since then Sania started sharing many beautiful pictures of her pregnancy days.